On Sunday, May 5, 2019, Akiko Takeshita passed away as a result of complications from a stroke at the age of 43.
Akiko is survived by her spouse, Jeff Williams; parents, Mineko and Koichi Takeshita; sisters, Tomomi and Harumi; aunt, Yukiko; niece, Erica; great-niece, Aliyah, and her beloved dog (furry baby) Buffy.
Akiko was born on November 8, 1975 in Kanagawa, Japan. She studied political science at the University of Toronto and worked as a grant writing specialist at CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind).
Being the youngest of three daughters, Akiko was cherished by her family and friends. She was kind and compassionate - and combined with her love for children, books, dogs, and those who are marginalized in society - she dedicated her life to charitable causes such as child literacy, affordable housing for the under-served, education in prisons, and medical support for dogs.
The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville) from 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10th followed by a service in the chapel at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to “The Buffy and Akiko Foundation” (https://buffyandakiko.org) which has been set up in her memory to support dogs with vision loss, or to any other charitable causes. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.